BLUE HEART OF THE PLANET
“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of Earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on Earth. Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet– we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They wont get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”
-“Her Deepness” Sylvia Earle
It is estimated that the oceans took ten million years to be filled with rainwater, ten thousand years for coral larvae to turn into vibrant reefs, and one thousand years for a parcel of water to be fully circulated around the globe. Five hundred years for a plastic bottle to decompose in the ocean, one decade for the collapse of an economically viable fish stock, and one year to destroy an area of natural seabed twice the size of the United States.
With the oceans being the world’s last frontier and a driver for climate, diversity, abundance, economy, and culture, it is about time that we live to conserve and sustain its vital resources. The ocean is truly the blue heart of the planet, without which nothing can survive. Life was born from the sea and life will surely die with it.
About the Curator
Patrick graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marine Science and Biology double major program at the University of Miami where he studied Caribbean reef community ecology, coastal ecosystems, worked with the invasive lionfish (Pterois spp.), and the molecular biology of corals in response to climate change. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree while working with connectivity, community assembly, and metagenomics of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems (MCEs).
It is the goal of Blue Heart of the Planet to extend facts about the marine environment to a wider audience of ocean-aware followers. However, awareness is only a fraction of the importance; we must choose to act as stewards for the ocean before it is too late to preserve its wondrous beauty.
BLUE HEART DIVING
Blue Heart Diving provides beginner and continuing dive education courses with an independent PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT). Learn to dive today!
We also offer trained TDI tech diving services and scientific diving services in accordance with AAUS. Our diving is located on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i.
Join us today to begin your diving adventures!